MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,181 this week

Letters from a Killer (1998)

 -  Crime | Drama | Mystery  -  1998 (Mexico)
5.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.5/10 from 1,726 users  
Reviews: 21 user | 10 critic

A man is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his second court appearance, he is finally ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Alt.TV – 28/2/10
| Blogomatic3000

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3865 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
L
a list of 151 titles
created 04 Dec 2011
 
a list of 200 titles
created 13 Oct 2012
 
a list of 217 titles
created 03 Jun 2013
 
a list of 623 titles
created 11 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Letters from a Killer (1998)

Letters from a Killer (1998) on IMDb 5.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Letters from a Killer.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Next of Kin (1989)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Truman, a Chicago cop, sets out to find the killer of his brother. Meanwhile, another of his brothers, Briar (a hillbilly) decides to find the killer himself.

Director: John Irvin
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A romantic comedy about two trashy couples traveling to Reno to see a monster truck show.

Director: Jordan Brady
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Charlize Theron, Patrick Swayze
Icon (TV Movie 2005)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

On the eve of the elections in Russia, there's an outbreak of a mysterious disease. The British are curious to find out what's going on, so they need to send someone. An official knows ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Patrick Bergin, Michael York
The Renegades (TV Movie 1982)
Drama | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

In this drama, undercover investigators are recruited from the streets to prevent arms smugglers from getting their weapons to street gangs.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Philip Casnoff, Randy Brooks
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A knight returning from the Crusades takes on a dragon and becomes a legend.

Director: Tom Reeve
Stars: James Purefoy, Piper Perabo, Patrick Swayze
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of Vietnam War veterans re-unite to rescue one of their own left behind and taken prisoner by the Vietnamese. Led by his father (a retired Marine Colonel) and supported by a rich ... See full summary »

Director: Ted Kotcheff
Stars: Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack
Road House (1989)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A tough bouncer is hired to tame a dirty bar.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Patrick Swayze, Kelly Lynch, Sam Elliott
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.

Director: Beeban Kidron
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

At a roller disco competition, two rivals find themselves becoming good friends while competing for a prize of $1000 in cash.

Director: William A. Levey
Stars: Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Ron Palillo
11:14 (2003)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The events leading up to an 11:14 PM car crash, from five very different perspectives.

Director: Greg Marcks
Stars: Henry Thomas, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster
Youngblood (1986)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Markle
Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze
The Renegades (TV Series 1983)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An updated version of the Mod Squad. The Renegades are a street gang that's been given a choice of (A) Go to jail for the commission of various gang-related crimes, or (B) go to work for ... See full summary »

Stars: Patrick Swayze, Randy Brooks, Paul Mones
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Olivia Birkelund ...
...
Elizabeth Ruscio ...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Sam Atkinson ...
Rock Reiser ...
Singing Inmate
Edit

Storyline

A man is falsely convicted of the murder of his wife. During his time in jail, he finds comfort from four women with whom he corresponds. After his second court appearance, he is finally freed from prison only to be framed for yet 2 more murders which he did not commit. With the help of his former prison guard, he once again sets out to clear his name. Written by J. R. Grant

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't Open The Mail.


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

1998 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Cartas de Um Assassino  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Bruce McGill and Don Stark had both played the character of Eugene Matuzak in Timecop (1994) and Timecop (1997) respectively. See more »

Soundtracks

Daddy Tried
Performed by Mr. Dyer's Daughters
Written by Elsa J. Dyer (as Elsa Dyer), Linda J. Dyer (as Linda Dyer), Sonja L. Dyer (as Sonja Dyer),
Marty Axelrod, Cathy Carlson
By Permission of MDD Music
© 1997/ASCAP
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A lot of been there done that, some plot holes, but otherwise pretty good
10 July 2005 | by (Charleston, SC) – See all my reviews

I know, everyone considering watching this movie thinks the same thing...it's probably going to suck, but there's nothing else on, or you watch it for Swayze in his post 80's straight to video film career. Either way you look at it, this is actually a pretty entertaining film, if you can suspend any rational thoughts for about 90 minutes.

The first hour of this film is the best. We see Swayze wrongfully put in prison, on death row and about to be executed within a few weeks. He has written a best selling novel in prison and has acquired 4 very lonely fans that he communicates with via cassette tapes. The problem is, he leads every one of them to believe that they are the only ones keeping him alive, so when two of the tapes get switched, one of them sends him a death threat out of pure jealousy. After about 15 min into the film, his eviction is overturned, and he is released from jail with the ubiquitous fear of a killer stalking him. He then visits each one of the girls to find out who is sending him the threats.

Honestly, I liked the plot of this movie. Not an original theme with the jealous psycho slasher, but it is an original storyline nonetheless. Swayze does act kind of stupid in some scenes, and unconvincing in others (when he is released from jail, we all know he had the first death threat, but come on, to show NO HAPPINESS at all for escaping death row and having your name cleared?? Bad acting, Patrick), but overall it is a good movie. It does kind of wander in the middle, and becomes a routine slasher where most of the killings are done off screen, but it does serve as a fairly capable who-dunnit. Oh, and there is a pretty lame 'buddy' part in the middle which you can basically ignore.

I was able to guess who the killer was before the first murder, but honestly, they played it out so it could be anyone (also, one character is written as a little too conveniently psycho to allow anyone to possibly get any clues as to who did it). I thought the best part though was the fact that only 2 of the 4 tapes were switched in the beginning, so we can surmise of course, that 2 of them found out about the other girls, and we have to guess which 2 they were (though one is very obvious, complete with broken picture frame of Swayze during the montage of him calling all of them). The ending shot is pretty cheesy, but hey, what do you expect? Overall, an entertaining movie. Not thought provoking, but worth a look. 7/10 stars.


6 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Song? SusieFloozie
I know the writer of this film. blink_sam
Discuss Letters from a Killer (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?